Informing Employees in Small and Medium Sized Firms About Training: Results of a Randomized Field Experiment

34 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2020 Last revised: 16 Aug 2020

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Gerard J. Van den Berg

University of Bristol

Christine Dauth

Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Pia Homrighausen

Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Gesine Stephan

Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Date Written: July 2020

Abstract

We mailed brochures to 10,000 randomly chosen employed German workers eligible for a subsizided occupational training program called WeGebAU, informing them about the importance of skill-upgrading occupational training in general and about WeGebAU in particular. Using survey and register data, we estimate effects of the information treatment brochure on awareness of the program, on take-up of WeGebAU and other training, and on subsequent employment. The brochure more than doubles awareness of the program. There are no effects on WeGebAU take-up but participation in other (unsubsidized) training increases among employees aged below 45. Short-term labor market outcomes are not affected.

Keywords: employment, information treatment, randomized controlled trial, skills, wages

JEL Classification: J24, J65

Suggested Citation

Van den Berg, Gerard J. and Dauth, Christine and Homrighausen, Pia and Stephan, Gesine, Informing Employees in Small and Medium Sized Firms About Training: Results of a Randomized Field Experiment (July 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15035, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3661378

Gerard J. Van den Berg (Contact Author)

University of Bristol ( email )

University of Bristol,
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol, BS8 ITH
United Kingdom

Christine Dauth

Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB) ( email )

Regensburger Str. 104
Nuremberg, 90478
Germany

Pia Homrighausen

Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB) ( email )

Regensburger Str. 104
Nuremberg, 90478
Germany

Gesine Stephan

Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB) ( email )

Regensburger Str. 104
Nuremberg, 90478
Germany

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